We are well into 2020 now and I wanted to share with you my goal to bring self-care into the forefront of my studio practice… mostly as an accountability thing, but also as a way to highlight the essential need for all of us to incorporate meaningful self-care into our day to day lives.
In the media, self-care is about bubble baths & face masks, and moments of escape. To me, self-care is about creating a life that doesn’t need escaping… that doesn’t suck us dry with overwork and over-doing. A life that isn’t all about the hustle and how busy we are.
Self-care is about incorporating rest and nurturing acts into our day, every day. It’s about incorporating the things that fill us up into our day, every day. It’s about taking each of those 15 minute breaks that the health & safety/employment rights folk tell us we’re “entitled” to and leaving work feeling we have done our best no matter what the rest of the to-do list looks like.
Self-care is a mindset practice that puts our own emotional and physical needs at the forefront of our planning for every day. No matter what. It is a mindset I am cultivating this year, I am ready to take actual steps to do this for myself because I have noticed that I’m darned good at doing it for other people… so why not for me too??
Heck, the core of my mission for Spiral Tide Pottery is to encourage self-care through helping you to slow down and take a moment for yourself. Every moment you sit down to sip a cup of coffee or enjoy a meal from a piece of handmade pottery enriches your day and adds up to a life well-lived. So this year I’m doing this for myself too.
2019 brought a series of health concerns that I need to manage in my day to day life so if ever I needed permission to put self-care first, I have it. What will help you put yourself first???
Have a wee think about that and make changes. Add one thing in this month, and another in next month. See how it changes day to day life for you and let me know how you’re getting on.
Until next time,